Spotify criticizes new Apple services bundle on antitrust ground

(Reuters) – Streaming music firm Spotify Technology SA SPOT.N On Tuesday, rival Apple Inc. criticized AAPL.O, Saying that a new subscription bundle from the iPhone manufacturer abuses its dominant market position in favor of its own Apple Music service.

Spotify said the Apple One bundle announced the loss to streaming music rivals on Tuesday. Spotify and Apple charge $ 10 a month for their streaming music service, but the Apple One package bundles it with other services such as television or video games, which start at $ 15 per month.

“We ask competition officials to take immediate action to stop Apple’s anti-competitive behavior, which, if left unchecked, will cause irreparable damage to the developer community and our collective freedom to listen, learn, create and connect Will threaten, ”the music streaming company said.

In a statement, Apple stated that the bundle was aimed at current users of its services and stated that “customers can discover and enjoy the options of each of Apple’s services.”

Reporting by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru and Stephen Nelis in San Francisco; Editing by Arun Coeur and Arora Ellis